Ireland news LIVE: Varadkar leakage drama continues, James McClean speaks out

We’re all set for another busy day in Ireland’s fast-moving news cycle.

And the Irish Mirror is here to keep you in the loop on all the developments that break today.

The Government has said it hopes Irish schools might start returning from March 1.

On the other hand, a body has actually been pulled from a Galway river after a lengthy rescue operation involving numerous of the city’s emergency services.

It comes after debate descended on the Department of Health on Monday, as Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly attempted to reject journalists entry to a press briefing.

Many members of the media were deeply dissatisfied with Mr Donnelly after the occurrence.

Here’s what you require to know today

  • Cases are beginning to fall more gradually, NPHET has actually warned
  • David Drumm, the former CEO of Anglo-Irish Bank, has actually been launched from prison
  • The general public is reacting to the list of vaccine centres, announced by the Federal government yesterday– and not everyone mores than happy

Fact of the day

On this day in 1959, Fidel Castro took power in Cuba. The rest, as they say, is history.

Continue reading for moment-by-moment updates on today’s news scenario:


Tanaiste asks individuals not to ‘evaluate him’

And the Tánaiste tonight pleaded with the public not to judge him on what he referred to as “errors” in his career.

David Kent

Insect problem, mice and creepy-crawlies amongst insect problems reported at Beaumont Healthcare facility

An insect infestation on a dialysis ward, vermin on the premises of a mortuary, creepy-crawlies in a detox system for drug addicts and repeated sightings of mice in a canteen.


Health Minister Stephen Donnelly forced to row back on vaccine hub prepares as centres blast back

A number of areas validated by Health Minister Stephen Donnelly as vaccination centres have stated the offer wasn’t settled with them.

The mess first emerged earlier today – when the Seven Oaks in Carlow said they had not received verification.

Now the HSE and Minister Donnelly have done a U-turn and said a various site– the Barrow Centre in IT Carlow– is “being prepared” as the county’s jab centre.

David Kent

Biden will not have international visitors ‘for months’

Joe Biden has stated he won’t have global visitors to the White Home ‘for months’

It follows Taoiseach Micheál Martin confirmed he would not be attending the White House for the standard St.Patrick’s Day ceremony this year.

” It will be a number of months prior to the president has an in-person or welcomes a foreign leader to satisfy in person here at the White House,” Press Secretary Jen Psaki informed press reporters.

David Kent

Did you understand that Pancake Tuesday had Irish origins?

Pancake Tuesday was a day of public shaming in Ireland for people who were still single.

Rituals involving arranged marriages could also take place on the night of Shrove Tuesday. There are strong marital relationship customs around Shrove Tuesday which are said to have progressed from the truth that wedding events could not take place during Lent.

The tradition was that Catholics might not get wed during fasting days, so it was a time for weddings leading up to it.


HSE verify change to Carlow vaccine centre place

The HSE have actually said that the Carlow vaccination website “being prepared” is The Barrow Centre at Institute of Technology (IT) Carlow on the Kilkenny Road.

They have actually offered no explanation on why Seven Oaks Hotel was revealed by the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly the other day.


Covid numbers: 33 additional deaths and 744 new cases

The Health Care Monitoring Centre has today been notified of 33 extra deaths connected to COVID-19

31 of these deaths occurred in February and 2 in January.

As of midnight, Monday 15 th February, the HPSC has been informed of 744 verified cases of COVID-19

David Kent

IRFU verify no favorable Covid test after French case

The IRFU have actually stated that no Irish gamer or staff member returned a positive Covid test after Sunday’s defeat to France.

It follows a French backroom staff member tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday

” All members of the Ireland team and backroom group undertook routine PCR tested on Monday producing no favorable outcomes. The group will go through additional regular screening again today based on our procedures.” the IRFU said.

David Kent

Johnson and Johnson get vaccine usage in EU

Johnson & Johnson have actually used to the European Medical Company for their Covid vaccine to be authorised for usage in the EU.

If the EMA decide to authorise the jab, it will be a major boost for the vaccine rollout both here and across the continent.

The J&J vaccine is a single-shot and can be stored in everyday fridges.

Currently, Ireland has a pre-agreement for 2 million doses.


Vaccinations well underway in over 85 s

Margaret Power, aged 93 receives an injection of the Pfizer vaccine from Dr. Sheenagh Macnamara at Waterford Primary Care Centre in southeast Ireland(Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire)


Carlow hotel’s vaccination list surprise

The supervisor of a Carlow hotel has actually said he was amazed to learn that it had been picked as the county’s vaccination centre after a statement by the HSE and Minister Stephen Donnelly yesterday.

Minister Donnelly revealed 37 vaccination centres across the nation on Monday including the 7 Oaks Hotel in Co Carlow.

Nevertheless, its General Manager, Michael Walsh, told the Irish Mirror that this was a surprise to him.

It’s comprehended HSE authorities had scoped out the hotel’s ballroom earlier this year.

Mr Walsh said: “Enquiries were made and HSE officials did come and had a look at the hotel to see if it’s suitable however we heard absolutely nothing more.

” I called the HSE this morning to get verification myself.

” We haven’t received any more information about it nor information or intend on how the vaccination centre would be constructed.

” We would be pleased to assist and delighted to have the centre here however we didn’t receive any verification.”


Weather condition cautioning for 3 counties

Met Eireann has this morning released a fresh weather condition warning for 3 counties in the west of the country ahead of high winds.

Galway, Mayo and Donegal will all come under the yellow wind warning from midnight tonight up until 8am on Wednesday early morning.

The alert checks out: “Southwesterly winds tonight will reach indicate speeds of 50 to 65 km/h and gusts of 80 to 100 km/h, greatest in seaside areas. Where winds are onshore there is a danger of coastal flooding around high tide.”

No additional weather condition warnings have been released at the minute although the national forecaster is expecting some windy weather in many spots.

A forecaster added: “Early tonight, rain will relocate from the southwest and will spread out northeastwards throughout the country as winds increasing fresh to strong and gusty, greatest in the west and northwest.

Cormac O’Shea

ESA trying to find astronauts!

When should I use?

The recruitment process is set to begin on March 31 however the window is brief to use as the application date closes on May 28.

What experience do I need?

Experience of the area sector is not essential.

However candidates will need a master’s degree (or higher) and a minimum of 3 years’ experience in lives sciences, medicine, engineering, mathematics or computer technology.

English is vital and excellent understanding of Russian is considered a property as it helps with training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Russia. Knowledge of American, Russian and Japanese culture is likewise an advantage.

The ESA states on its site that the preferred age range for astronauts is 27 to 37 and they must be within the height variety of 153 to 190 centimeters.

Astronauts likewise need to be in excellent physical condition as they will have to manage difficult training for a number of months before area flights.

What’s the pay like?

Astronauts are paid in between the A2 and A4 scales set by the Coordinated Organisations, a group of European intergovernmental groups.

While ESA’s site does not define the wages for astronauts beyond the grade, another Coordinated Organisation– called the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation– lists the yearly A2 income as EUR66,648 and the A4 wage as EUR95,568

You can find more information over on the European Area Firm website here

Cormac O’Shea

Newest from the Taoiseach


Most Current from the Taoiseach on the Leaving Cert

Ferghal Blaney reports;

Micheál Martin has assured once again there will be an offer done on the Leaving Cert today.

He said: “The students of Ireland need that” due to the fact that of the “tension” and “anxious” times the stalling has caused.

The Taoiseach’s intervention again this morning will be viewed as a caution shot to the teaching unions to get their home in order and strike an offer.

Talks are continuous between Minister for Education, Norma Foley’s, department authorities and agents from the country’s two primary secondary school teachers’ unions, the ASTI and TUI.

Mr Martin made a pledge recently in different interviews that there would be a resolution today, however the unions have not budged ever since.

Mr Martin has set down a new marker today.


Blow for Revolut users

Monetary services app Revolut is set to deal a blow to its Irish clients are the business increases its fees.

The fin tech app which provides individual banking services is set to hike its charges which will affect over 1 million Irish clients.

The main modification presented by the company will be to make it more expensive to utilize cash.

From April 9, people utilizing the Standard Revolut account will see the limitations on totally free regular monthly ATM withdrawals altering.

Currently there is a EUR200 limit on totally free monthly ATM withdrawals on the Standard strategy.

After this, users are charged a 2%cost of the value of the withdrawal.

The EUR200 monthly limit will remain but there will be a limit of five ATM withdrawals and after this the user, you will be hit with a charge.


Gardai pull body from Galway river

A body has been pulled from a Galway river– one of a number of found in recent months– after a lengthy rescue operation involving numerous of the city’s emergency situation services.

Gardai confirmed on Monday night that the remains of a body were recovered from water at Galway’s Salmon Dam Bridge.

The Oranmore Civil Defence was front and centre in the rescue operation, which likewise involved the guards and the fire service.

In a post on Facebook, the group stated it has actually been searching 5 days a week given that December, amidst a number of reported missing persons cases in the city.

However the guards confirmed to the Mirror that the cases are not connected.


In a statement, a spokesperson included that “a body was discovered this afternoon Monday, 15 th February, 2021 at Salmon Weir Bridge with the help of the fire service and An Garda Síochána.

” Due to the delicate nature of these search operations and investigations, An Garda Síochána will not be making any additional comment at this time.”

Ian Mangan

Met Eireann most current cautions with ghastly conditions and snow day expected

The nation is set to be soaked this morning as more rain and heavy winds get here from today onwards.

A status yellow wind caution will be in place for Donegal, Mayo and Sligo up until 8am today with Met Eireann warning that gusts will reach speeds as high as 90 km to 100 km.

And there is a threat of localised flooding around high tide.

Sadly after a mild Monday weather condition professionals are anticipating that today is going to be a damp one with lots of rain in Connacht, Munster and Ulster a few of which will posstibly end up being thundery.

Nevertheless after a relatively miserable couple of days there is some positive news on the horizon with temperature levels set to climb up from today onwards.

And the sun is set to rear its head when again with bright spells expected in parts of the country.

Regretfully however there will likewise be a lot of rainy weather arriving on our coasts throughout the next couple of days and even some snow in parts with beautiful horrid conditions anticipated.

A Met Eireann forecaster said: Early this morning, showers will affect Ulster, Connacht and Munster, a couple of perhaps thundery.

” Showers in Leinster later today. Windy with fresh to strong, gusty southwest winds, greatest in the northwest. This afternoon, showers will mainly die out and winds will relieve. Greatest temperature levels of 9 to 11 degrees.

” Early tonight, rain will move in from the southwest and will spread out northeastwards across the country in addition to fresh gusty southerly winds. The rain will be heavy sometimes. It will clear over night with showers following from the west. Lowest temperature levels of 2 to 6 degrees.

” Wednesday will be intense and breezy with bright spells and spread showers. Highest temperatures of 7 to 10 degrees with fresh, gusty south to south west winds. In the evening, heavy rain will develop in the southwest and spread northeastwards.

” Some unpredictability for Wednesday night as a low pressure system is indicated to go up from the south bringing widespread rain with a danger of flooding especially in the southeast with some strong winds. There is the possibility of some sleet and snow on greater ground.”

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